1939

John Bakeless, DANIEL BOONE (New York: W. Morrow & Co., 1939)

Keywords
Tory Sympathy
People
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In 1780 the British and Indian forced the surrender of two forts (Ruddle's Station and Martin's Station) and burned two more. There were many prisoners to force-march to Detroit. <But not all the prisoners were downcast by any means. A good many of them had not been ardent patriots to begin with. Some were just settlers who wanted land and happened to fine it in Kentucky. Others were Tories who had been driven out of the Eastern settlements for their loyalist convictions. Lieutenant-Governor De Peyster wrote to an army officer: "The Prisoners daily brought in here are part of the Thousand Families who are flying from the oppression of Congress." These families were not looking for more trouble in the backwoods; they kept their loyalist principles quiet. But when they found themselves out of Kentucky and in British hands again, these somewhat faintly held convictions came to the surface, and they went over to the British readily enough.> Captain Henry Bird, who led the British-Indian expeditions reported: "I don't believe we have more than two Families really Rebels." Most were "good Farmers with extreme industrious Families who are desirious of being settled in Detroit with some Land. They fled, they say, from persecution, & declare if Government will assist them to get on foot as Farmers, they will, as Militia, faithfully defend the country that affords them protection." 13 of the Kentucky prisoners immediatly joined the Detroit Rangers; some had previously refused to take the oath of allegiance to Congress. Persons known to have gone over to the British had their Kentucky lands confiscated by the Americans. (BAKELESS:250-51)

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